Portrait of Roseann Gedye

Who I am

I am the founder of my own communication advisory service known as Roseann’s Principles, born in 2000.

The discipline I specialise in is communication focusing on the following areas:

  • relational communication, based on the belief that relationships are the life blood of business
  • the art of presentation and the ability to influence and persuade others
  • leadership communication, given a fundamental premise of effective leadership is the art of connection
  • driving change initiatives that engage others
  • My career in education began as a primary school teacher in the mid-1970′s. Working in both the state and private sector, I moved through a number of positions of responsibility including Senior Teacher, Deputy Principal, Acting Principal and Music Specialist.

My love of teaching has been a constant.

In 1989 I was involved in a serious car accident, which changed the direction of my life. Having to retire from teaching due to ill health, I took up a position as Director of the Success Motivation Institute. Here I explored the facilitation of programmes for adults in the fields of Motivation, Goal Setting, Communication Skills, Vision Setting and Personal Leadership. At this time I also involved myself in a young persons’ leadership development organisation, known as Jaycees. I became the first woman in the (then) forty-nine year history of the organisation to become the President of New Zealand Jaycees. It was a wonderful experience!

I went on to become elected as a Junior Chamber International Vice-President. My assignment was: Tunisia; Algeria; Morocco; Senegal; Côte D’Ivoire; Burkina Faso; Nigeria; Benin; Congo; Zaire; Gabon; Mali; Guinee; and South Africa – deepest, darkest French-speaking Africa. I travelled extensively, teaching leadership to young people in these African countries. A mind-blowing and very humbling experience.

In the mid-1990′s I gained a position as Senior Lecturer at the UNITEC Institute of Technology. Here I took on the role of delivering communication principles and practices and was fortunate to work with a highly creative team who developed the Bachelor of International Communication – the first of its kind in the world. Simply amazing!

I completed a Masters of Management Studies (with Distinction) at the University of Waikato in in 1999. My thesis focused on the rhetoric used to frame change in large organisations.

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